In the last seven years since Kael passed away, we have seen God do amazing things in our lives and the lives of those around us. God put on our hearts to start the Kael Man race to honor God, remember our special little boy, and help bring orphans home to their forever families. Over the years, we have met so many families from around the U.S. who stepped out in faith praying God would help them to adopt children who needed loving homes. We have heard remarkable stories of the way God has used the Kael Man race and the funds to unite waiting families with their children at just the right time. We have been so blessed to be part of this and watch God do far more than we imagined. We set out to remember Kael and do something good, but God had far bigger plans. We did not know that when we started this race and the grants, that God would soften and open our hearts to adoption for our family. But that is exactly what He did. When Kael passed away, God set into motion His plans for our family that we did not understand, but we had faith that His plan is good because He is always good. God is now calling us to adopt children into our family, and we are at complete peace knowing we are on the right path for our family.
After much prayer and thought, we have decided not to host the Kael Man 5k this year. We want to thank every person who participated, volunteered, sponsored, supported and prayed for this race and our family. All of you have made an impact beyond what you could imagine. Thank you for the love and support of our family, friends, community and church family who helped us in every way possible, we could not have done this without you. We look forward to the next chapter that God has in store for us.
As we have hosted the Kael Man race every year, we partnered with Acts 2 Collective. If you would like to continue to help orphans, please donate to http://acts2collective.org/.
346 Days. That is how long we got to know, love and care for our little Kael here on this earth. His life was much too short, but we are SO blessed to love him. God changed our lives when he brought Kael into our lives, and God changed our lives when He took Kael to heaven. Kael’s life has brought so much Glory to God and we want to continue that in any way we can. God is using his life to continue to change lives. Though we will never know the full extent of what God is doing with Kael’s life for others, we want to continue to be a part of it. Please join us in remembering Kael’s life and helping God’s children find families that will love them and teach them about God. Every child deserves to be loved no matter how long they are on this earth.
So how did this race idea come up? One thing we love to do is run, and we spent several afternoons in 2010 running with our boys in our jogging stroller. Both the boys loved being outside and taking stroller rides. One day in May 2011, I was running and God had put on my mind several times to set up a race in Kael’s name to help honor his memory and do good for someone or something. That morning, as I ran, I asked God, “What do you want me to do with this idea?” Then He answered me, “I gave Kael parents who love him and took care of him. I want you to help the children I have already put on this earth have loving parents too. Use this race to help families who want to adopt and love children.” So that is our mission and what we will do with the money we raise during this race. We hope and pray for God to do His Will through this race and that we can help many children find families that will love them and teach them to follow God.
The proceeds and donations from the Kael Man 5k will help benefit families who want to adopt children by providing financial grants to help assist in the financial cost of the adoption process. Grants will be awarded to families who complete an application process. We have partnered with the non-profit organization Kingdom Cares International to make donations tax deductible.
- Did you know – “Adoptions can cost between $4,000 to $30,000+ depending on the adoption type”? (courtesy of adoption.com)